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On January 26, 2001, the Kachchh region in western India suffered the most deadly earthquake in India's history. Shortly thereafter, geologists traversed the region looking for ground surface disruptions, such as fault breaks, that could provide clues to the tectonic processes here. Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) scientists provided stereoscopic images to the geologists, similar to this 3-D view of the terrain northwest of the city of Bhuj. The geologists reported back that the images...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat 7, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03308
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A key aspect of the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Extended Mission is the opportunity to turn the spacecraft and point the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) at specific features of interest. A chance to point the spacecraft comes about ten times a week. Throughout the Primary Mission (March 1999 - January 2001), nearly all MGS operations were conducted with the spacecraft pointing "nadir"--that is, straight down. In this orientation, opportunities to hit a specific small feature of interest were...
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Opportunity, What -- Mars,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03225
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During its flight, the Galileo spacecraft returned images of the Moon. The Galileo spacecraft took these images on December 7, 1992 on its way to explore the Jupiter system in 1995-97. The distinct bright ray crater at the bottom of the image is the Tycho impact basin. The dark areas are lava rock filled impact basins: Oceanus Procellarum (on the left), Mare Imbrium (center left), Mare Serenitatis and Mare Tranquillitatis (center), and Mare Crisium (near the right edge). This picture contains...
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Topics: What -- Galileo, What -- Moon, What -- Jupiter, What -- Crater, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00405
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This composite image of Earth and Mars was created to allow viewers to gain a better understanding of the relative sizes of the two planets. The <a href="http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00114">Earth</a> image was acquired from the Galileo orbiter at about 6:10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Dec. 11, 1990, when the spacecraft was about 1.3 million miles from the planet during the first of two Earth flybys on its way to Jupiter. The <a...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Galileo, What -- Jupiter, What...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02570
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On May 19th, 2005, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view as the Sun sank below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera (Pancam) mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover's 489th martian day, or sol. Spirit was commanded to stay awake briefly after sending that sol's data to the Mars Odyssey orbiter just before sunset. This small panorama of the western sky was obtained using Pancam's 750-nanometer, 530-nanometer and 430-nanometer color...
Topics: What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Spirit, What -- Sun, What -- Crater, What -- Mars,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA07997
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This perspective view shows the northern coastal plain of Costa Rica with the Cordillera Central, composed of a number of active and dormant volcanoes, rising in the background. This view looks toward the south over the Rio San Juan, which marks the boundary between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The smaller river joining Rio San Juan in the center of the image is Rio Sarapiqui, which is navigable upstream as far inland as Puerto Viejo (Old Port) de Sarapiqu at the mountain's base. This river was an...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat 7, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03315
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On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens catastrophically erupted, causing the worst volcanic disaster in the recorded history of the United States. An earthquake shook loose the northern flank of the volcano, and about 2.8 cubic kilometers (0.67 cubic miles) of rock slid downslope in the world's largest recorded landslide. The avalanche released pressure on the volcano and unleashed a huge explosion, which was directed generally northward. The mountain ultimately lost 227 meters (1314 feet) of its...
Topics: What -- ST 1, What -- Landsat 3, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- Crater, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03361
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This approximate true color image taken by the panoramic camera onboard the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows "Adirondack," the rover's first target rock. Spirit traversed the sandy martian terrain at Gusev Crater to arrive in front of the football-sized rock on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, just three days after it successfully rolled off the lander. The rock was selected as Spirit's first target because its dust-free, flat surface is ideally suited for grinding. Clean surfaces also are...
Topics: What -- Panoramic Camera, What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Spirit, What -- Crater,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA05105
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Color mosaic of Olympus Mons volcano on Mars from the Viking 1 Orbiter. The mosaic was created using images from orbit 735 taken 22 June 1978. Olympus Mons is about 600 km in diameter and the summit caldera is 24 km above the surrounding plains. The complex aureole terrain is visible at the top of the frame. North is up. (Viking 1 Orbiter MH20N133-735A)
Topics: What -- Mars, What -- Viking 1 Orbiter
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02982
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The colored regions of this map show the extent of digital elevation data recently released by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). This release includes data for most of Europe and Asia plus numerous islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. SRTM flew on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour in February 2000 and used an interferometric radar system to map the topography of Earth's landmass between latitudes 56 degrees south and 60 degrees north. The data were processed into geographic...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- Radar System, What -- SRTM, What -- Space Shuttle...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03398
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These photos of the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter were taken by Voyager 1 during its approach to the planet in early March 1979. Io (top left), Europa (top right), Ganymede (bottom left) and Callisto (bottom right) are shown in their correct relative sizes: Ganymede and Callisto are both larger than the planet Mercury; Io and Europa are about the same size as the Moon. Image processing also preserves the relative contrasts of the satellites. Thus it is apparent that Europa has the least...
Topics: What -- Jupiter, What -- Voyager 1, What -- Io, What -- Europa, What -- Ganymede, What -- Callisto,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00012
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The coordinates of the Lambert azimuthal equal area projection are latitude 90 degrees N. to 90 degrees S. and longitude -180 degrees to 0 degrees. The north polar residual ice cap of the Planum Boreum region, which is cut by spiral-patterned troughs, is located at top. The upper part is marked by large depression, Isidis basin, which contains light-colored plains. The upper part also includes the light-colored smooth plains of Elysium Planitia and dark plains of Vastitas Borealis. Together,...
Topic: What -- Polar
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00194
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On January 26, 2001 the Kachchh region in western India suffered the most deadly earthquake in India's history. This stereoscopic view of landforms northeast of the city of Bhuj depicts geologic structures that are of interest in the study the tectonic processes that may have led to that earthquake. However, preliminary field studies indicate that these structures are composed of Mesozoic rocks that are overlain by younger rocks showing little deformation. Thus these structures may be old, not...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03302
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Dust Particles Click on the image for Quicktime movie from 7/15-7/24 A continent-sized cloud of hot air and dust originating from the Sahara Desert crossed the Atlantic Ocean and headed towards Florida and the Caribbean. A Saharan Air Layer, or SAL, forms when dry air and dust rise from Africa's west coast and ride the trade winds above the Atlantic Ocean. These dust clouds are not uncommon, especially during the months of July and August. They start when weather patterns called tropical waves...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, What -- AIRS, What -- Aqua, Where -- Atlantic...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00448
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Click on the image for Lightning Sounds from Saturn This audio clip was created from radio signals received by the radio and plasma wave science instrument on the Cassini spacecraft. The bursty radio emissions were generated by lightning flashes on Saturn and are similar to the crackles and pops one hears on an AM radio during a thunderstorm on Earth. This storm on Saturn occurred on January 23 and 24, 2006. The clip compresses two hours of observations into about 28 seconds. Therefore, every...
Topics: What -- Saturn, What -- Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument, What -- Cassini, What -- Earth,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02166
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The Nyiragongo volcano in the Congo erupted on January 17, 2002, and subsequently sent streams of lava into the city of Goma on the north shore of Lake Kivu. More than 100 people were killed, more than 12,000 homes were destroyed, and hundreds of thousands were forced to flee the broader community of nearly half a million people. This Landsat satellite image shows the volcano (right of center), the city of Goma, and surrounding terrain. Image data from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission...
Topics: What -- Landsat 3, What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03339
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The Bosporus (also spelled Bosphorus) is a strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara in the center of this view of northwest Turkey, taken during the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. The water of the Black Sea at the top of the image and Sea of Marmara below the center are colored blue in this image, along with several large lakes. The largest lake, to the lower right of the Sea of Marmara, is Iznik Lake. The Bosporus(Turkish Bogazici) Strait is considered to be the boundary...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03349
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Quick Time Movie for PIA04383 Roiling Clouds of Katrina This image pair and animation from NASA's Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) shows the strong convective development of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday, August 27 as it moved west through the Gulf of Mexico. Over 7 minutes during which all 9 MISR cameras viewed Katrina, the animation captures the cloud-top sides, the counterclockwise rotation of the eyewall, and the bubbling growth of the towering cloud structures. At this time,...
Topics: What -- MISR, What -- STEREO A, What -- Earth, What -- Terra, Where -- Gulf of Mexico, Where --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04383
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14 February 2004 Happy St. Valentine's Day from the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) team! This collection of images acquired over the past 3 Mars years shows some of the heart-shaped features found on Mars by the MGS MOC. * The heart in E04-01788 is a low mesa located near 46.7N, 29.0W, and is about 636 m (2,086 ft) wide. * The heart in R10-03259 is a depression located near 22.7N, 56.6W, and is about 378 m (1,240 ft) wide. * The heart in R09-02121 is a small mesa on a...
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Mars, What -- Crater
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA05296
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An 8-kilometer (5-mile) wide crater of possible impact origin is shown in this stereoscopic view of an isolated part of the Bolivian Amazon. The view is derived from an Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) satellite image and a Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) elevation model. The circular feature covering much of the image, known as the Iturralde Structure, is possibly the Earth's most recent "big" impact event recording collision with a...
Topics: What -- Crater, What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03363
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Quick Time Movie for PIA03554 Enceladus Animation This animation shows the Cassini spacecraft approaching Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. It shows the highest resolution images obtained of the moon's surface. This is followed by a depiction of Saturn's magnetic field, which interacts with Enceladus' atmosphere and presumed plume coming from the south pole. The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion...
Topics: What -- Enceladus, What -- Cassini, What -- Moon, What -- Huygens Probe, Where -- Jet Propulsion...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03554
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This detailed mosaic of the underside of the Cassini Division was obtained by Voyager 1 with a resolution of about 10 kilometers. The classical Cassini Division appears here to the right of center as five bright rings with substantial blacks gap on either side. The inner edge of the A Ring, to the left of center, is the brightest part of this image. The fine-scale wave structure in this region has been interpreted as being the result of gravitational density waves.
Topics: What -- Cassini, What -- Voyager 1
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02242
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The coordinates of the Lambert azimuthal equal area projection are latitude 90 degrees N. to 90 degrees S. and longitude 0 degree to 180 degrees. Both polar residual ice caps are seen at top and bottom. The central part is dominated by the four largest and youngest volcanoes on Mars--Olympus, Arsia, Pavonis, and Ascraeus Montes--and by a vast system of canyons several thousand kilometers long--Valles Marineris. Directly to the northeast of Valles Marineris, several large outflow channels...
Topics: What -- Polar, What -- Mars
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00193
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This approximate natural-color image shows Saturn, its rings, and four of its icy satellites. Three satellites (Tethys, Dione, and Rhea) are visible against the darkness of space, and another smaller satellite (Mimas) is visible against Saturn's cloud tops very near the left horizon and just below the rings. The dark shadows of Mimas and Tethys are also visible on Saturn's cloud tops, and the shadow of Saturn is seen across part of the rings. Saturn, second in size only to Jupiter in our Solar...
Topics: What -- Saturn, What -- Tethys, What -- Dione, What -- Rhea, What -- Mimas, What -- Jupiter, What...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00400
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NASA's Voyager 1 took this high resolution color image of Rhea just before the spacecraft's closest approach to the Saturnian moon on Nov. 12, 1980 from a range of 128,000 kilometers (79,500 miles). The area shown is one of the most heavily cratered on Rhea, and indicates an ancient surface dating back to the period immediately following the formation of the planets 4.5 billion years ago. The photograph shows surface features about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) in diameter, similar to a view of...
Topics: What -- Voyager 1, What -- Rhea, What -- Moon, What -- Voyager, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02240
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Mount Meru is an active volcano located just 70 kilometers(44 miles)west of Mount Kilimanjaro. It reaches 4,566 meters (14,978 feet) in height but has lost much of its bulk due to an eastward volcanic blast sometime in its distant past, perhaps similar to the eruption of Mount Saint Helens in Washington State in 1980. Mount Meru most recently had a minor eruption about a century ago. The several small cones and craters seen in the vicinity probably reflect numerous episodes of volcanic...
Topics: What -- Crater, What -- Landsat 7, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03357
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The 2002 Winter Olympics are hosted by Salt Lake City at several venues within the city, in nearby cities, and within the adjacent Wasatch Mountains. This image pair provides a stereoscopic map view of north central Utah that includes all of these Olympic sites. In the south, next to Utah Lake, Provo hosts the ice hockey competition. In the north, northeast of the Great Salt Lake, Ogden hosts curling and the nearby Snowbasin ski area hosts the downhill events. In between, southeast of the Great...
Topics: What -- Landsat 5, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- Earth, What -- SRTM, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03344
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This stereoscopic shaded relief image shows Africa's topography as measured by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in February 2000. Also shown are Madagascar, the Arabian Peninsula, and other adjacent regions. Previously, much of the topography here was not mapped in detail. Digital elevation data, such as provided by SRTM, are in high demand by scientists studying earthquakes, volcanism, and erosion patterns and for use in mapping and modeling hazards to human habitation. But the...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Atlas, What -- Crater, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04964
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Saturn's outermost large moon, Iapetus, has a bright, heavily cratered icy terrain and a dark terrain, as shown in this Voyager 2 image taken on August 22, 1981. Amazingly, the dark material covers precisely the side of Iapetus that leads in the direction of orbital motion around Saturn (except for the poles), whereas the bright material occurs on the trailing hemisphere and at the poles. The bright terrain is made of dirty ice, and the dark terrain is surfaced by carbonaceous molecules,...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Iapetus, What -- Voyager 2, What -- Saturn, What -- Earth, What -- Discovery,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00348
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The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. While the Inca people utilized the Andean mountain top (2800 m elevation), erecting massive stone structures from the early 1400's, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu (meaning " Old Peak"in the Quechua language) was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time. The Inca turned the site into a small (12 square kilometers) but...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03853
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Quick Time Movie of Cassini swooping past Saturn?s icy moon Enceladus As it swooped past the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus on July 14, 2005, Cassini acquired increasingly high-resolution views of this puzzling ice world. These views have been combined into this exciting movie sequence. The movie provides a stunning, up-close look at what is surely one of the youngest surfaces in the Saturn system. From afar, Enceladus exhibits a bizarre mixture of softened craters and complex, fractured...
Topics: What -- Cassini, What -- Moon, What -- Enceladus, What -- Saturn, What -- Polar, What -- Huygens...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA06253
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. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Galileo mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. These images from NASA's Galileo spacecraft show changes in the largest active field lava flows in the solar system, the Amirani lava flow on Jupiter's moon Io. Scientists have identified 23 distinct new flows by comparing the two images taken 134 days apart, on Oct. 11, 1999, and Feb. 22, 2000. The Amirani lava-flow...
Topics: What -- Galileo, What -- Moon, What -- Io, What -- Earth, What -- Columbia, Where -- Jet Propulsion...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02585
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The earthquake that struck western India on January 26,2001, was the country's strongest in the past 50 years. This perspective view shows the area of the earthquake's epicenter in the lower left corner. The southern Rann of Kachchh appears in the foreground. The Rann is an area of low-lying salt flats that shows up with various shades of white and blue in this false-color Landsat image. The gray area on the middle of the image is called the Banni plains. The darker blue spots and curving lines...
Topics: What -- Landsat 3, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03304
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NASA's Voyager 1 took this photograph of Saturn on Oct. 18, 1980,34 million kilometers (21.1 million miles) from the planet. The photograph was taken on the last day that Saturn and its rings could be captured within a single narrow-angle camera frame as the spacecraft closed in on the planet for its nearest approach on Nov. 12. Dione, one of Saturn's inner satellites, appears as three color spots just below the planet's south pole. An abundance of previously unseen detail is apparent in the...
Topics: What -- Voyager 1, What -- Saturn, What -- Dione, What -- Cassini, What -- Voyager, Where -- Jet...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02225
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Special processing has brought out surface detail in this Voyager 2 image focusing on the large crater on Tethys. The spacecraft took this photograph Aug. 25, when it was 826,000 kilometers (513,000 miles) from the icy moon of Saturn. Here, resolution is about 15 km. (9 mi.). The crater has been flattened by the flow of softer ice and no longer shows the deep bowl shape characteristic of fresh craters in hard, cold ice or rock. It appears to have been formed early in Tethys' history, at a time...
Topics: What -- Voyager 2, What -- Crater, What -- Tethys, What -- Moon, What -- Saturn, What -- Voyager,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01398
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Space Radar Image of Chernobyl
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01729
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Rhea Occults Saturn The slim crescent of the moon Rhea glides silently onto the featureless, golden face of Saturn in this mesmerizing color movie. In an interplay of contrast and shadow, the moon goes dark against the planet, and then its crescent suddenly brightens as it slips in front of Saturn's night side. This view looks down onto the unlit side of Saturn's rings, which cast soft, linear shadows onto the planet's northern hemisphere. The movie was created using 60 images taken using red,...
Topics: What -- Rhea, What -- Saturn, What -- Moon, What -- Cassini, What -- Huygens Probe, Where -- Jet...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA07806
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the animation This is an artist's interpretation of the area surrounding the Huygens landing site, based on images and data returned Jan. 14, 2005. On this day, the European Space Agency's Huygens probe reached the upper layer of Titan's atmosphere and landed on the surface after a parachute descent of 2 hours and 28 minutes. The Huygens probe was delivered to Saturn's moon Titan by the Cassini spacecraft, which is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. NASA supplied two...
Topics: What -- Huygens Probe, What -- Descent Imager, What -- Moon, What -- Titan, What -- Cassini, What...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA06079
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Stars Can't Spin Out of Control This artist's animation demonstrates how a dusty planet-forming disk can slow down a whirling young star, essentially saving the star from spinning itself to death. Evidence for this phenomenon comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The movie begins by showing a developing star (red ball). The star is basically a giant ball of gas that is collapsing onto itself. As it shrinks, it spins faster and faster, like a skater folding in his or her arms. The green...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- FAST, What -- Saturn, What -- Orion
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08626
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Quick Time Movie for PIA02106 Genesis of a Comet This artist's animation depicts one of the most widely accepted theories pertaining to the origin of comets. The simulation opens with a protoplanetary disk, which will eventually turn into a solar system. The fiery yellow ball in the center represents a star like our Sun. Like a raindrop forming in a cloud, a star forms in a diffuse gas cloud in deep space. As the star grows, its gravitational pull draws in dust and gas from the surrounding...
Topics: What -- Genesis, What -- COMETS, What -- Sun, What -- Aura, Where -- California
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02107
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Manicouagan Crater is one of the world's largest and oldest known impact craters and perhaps the one most readily apparent to astronauts in orbit. The age of the impact is estimated at 214 million years before present. Since then erosion has removed about one kilometer (0.6 miles) of rock from the region and has created a topographic pattern that follows the structural pattern of the crater. A ring depression (prominently seen as green) encloses a central peak. The ring depression now hosts the...
Topics: What -- Crater, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03384
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Center of the orthographic projection is at latitude 30 degrees N., longitude 30 degrees. The north polar residual ice cap, which is cut by spiral-patterned troughs, is located at the top. The central part is characterized by a dark depression, Chryse basin, where several large outflow channels terminate. The lower-left corner is marked by a vast system of canyons, Valles Marineris, which extends eastward for several thousand kilometers.
Topic: What -- Polar
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Voyager 2 obtained this color image of Triton at a distance of 4 million kilometers (2.5 million miles) at 1 a.m. PDT on Aug. 22, 1989. The picture was made by combining images taken through the green, clear and violet filters. The smallest features seen are about 74 kilometers (46 miles) across. The south pole of Triton is currently tipped toward the sun and it is summer in the southern hemisphere. The south pole is located about a quarter of the way up from the bottom of the image. The bright...
Topics: What -- Voyager 2, What -- Sun, What -- Voyager, Where -- Triton, Where -- Jet Propulsion...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02211
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This image of the western hemisphere of the Moon was taken through a green filter by the Galileo spacecraft at 9:35 a.m. PST Dec. 9 at a range of about 350,000 miles. In the center is the Orientale Basin, 600 miles in diameter, formed about 3.8 billion years ago by the impact of an asteroid-size body. Orientale's dark center is a small mare. To the right is the lunar nearside with the great, dark Oceanus Procellarum above and the small, circular, dark Mare Humorum below. Maria are broad plains...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Galileo
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00120
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Quick Time Movie for PIA03521 Circus Family of Stars This artist's animation shows the clockwork-like orbits of a triple-star system called HD 188753, which was discovered to harbor a gas giant, or "hot Jupiter," planet. The planet zips around the system's main star (yellow, center) every 3.3 days, while the main star is circled every 25.7 years by a dancing duo of stars (yellow and orange, outer orbit). The star pair is locked in a 156-day orbit. This eccentric star family is a...
Topics: What -- Jupiter, What -- Sun, What -- Saturn, What -- Discovery, What -- Constellation, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03521
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This color image of the Earth was obtained by the Galileo spacecraft on Dec. 11, 1990, when the spacecraft was about 1.5 million miles from the Earth. The color composite used images taken through the red, green and violet filters. India is near the top of the picture, and Australia is to the right of center. The white, sunlit continent of Antarctica is below. Picturesque weather fronts are visible in the South Pacific, lower right. This is a frame of the Galileo Earth spin movie, a 500-frame...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Galileo, Where -- Australia
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00122
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Scientists are seeing unprecedented detail of the spiral arms and dust clouds in the nearby Whirlpool galaxy, thanks to a new Hubble Space Telescope image, available at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pictures/wfpc/wfpc.html. The image uses data collected January 15 and 24, 1995, and July 21, 1999, by Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, designed and built by JPL. Using the image, a research group led by Dr. Nick Scoville of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, clearly defined the...
Topics: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Camera 2, Where -- Whirlpool Galaxy, Where -- Jet...
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Quick Time Movie for PIA06243 Cassini's First Close Brush with Hyperion (Animation) This movie sequence provides the record of Cassini's first close brush with Hyperion, Saturn's chaotically tumbling moon. As the spacecraft whizzes past, Hyperion's unusual shape is most apparent. The jagged outlines are indicators of large impacts chipping away at Hyperion's shape as a sculptor does to marble. Hyperion's unusual dimensions are 328 by 260 by 214 kilometers (204 by 162 by 132 miles). These...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Sculptor, What -- Cassini, What -- Saturn, What -- Iapetus, What -- Titan,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA06243
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Click on the image for movie of Hot, Dry and Cloudy This artist's concept shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was recently used to capture spectra, or molecular fingerprints, of two "hot Jupiter" worlds like the one depicted here. This is the first time a spectrum has ever been obtained for an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. The ground-breaking observations were made with Spitzer's...
Topics: What -- Jupiter, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Visible Light, What -- Constellation,...
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Titan's Geological Goldmine Cassini's powerful radar eyes have uncovered a geologic goldmine in a region called Xanadu on Saturn's moon Titan. Panning west to east, the geologic features include river channels, mountains and hills, a crater and possible lakes. The movie shows the location mapped with the Cassini Radar Mapper using its Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging mode on April 30, 2006. The global map shows the areas mapped so far by radar. The radar swaths are superimposed on a false-color...
Topics: What -- Radar Mapper, What -- Moon, What -- Titan, What -- Crater, What -- Cassini, What -- Hubble...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08605
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This image is a Galaxy Evolution Explorer observation of the large galaxy in Andromeda, Messier 31. The Andromeda galaxy is the most massive in the local group of galaxies that includes our Milky Way. Andromeda is the nearest large galaxy to our own. The image is a mosaic of 10 separate Galaxy Evolution Explorer images taken in September, 2003. The color image (with near ultraviolet shown by red and far ultraviolet shown by blue) shows blue regions of young, hot, high mass stars tracing out the...
Topics: What -- Galaxy Evolution Explorer, What -- Explorer, What -- Andromeda, Where -- M110
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04921
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21 December 2005 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows eroded, light-toned layered rock outcrops on the side of a large mound in Ganges Chasma, part of the vast Valles Marineris trough system. Perhaps a testament to the inherent human (and primate) ability to pick out faces where partially hidden from view (even when a face is not really there) -- near the top of this picture are two features, each a product of erosion, resembling a pair of human eyes. This...
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Mars
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03257
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Most of Los Angeles is visible in this computer-generated north-northeast perspective viewed from above the Pacific Ocean. In the foreground the hilly Palos Verdes peninsula lies to the left of the harbor at Long Beach, and in the middle distance the various communities that comprise the greater Los Angeles area appear as shades of grey and white. In the distance the San Gabriel Mountains rise up to separate the basin from the Mojave Desert, which can be seen near the top of the image. This 3-D...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat 5, What -- Landsat, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03348
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movie of Flight over Iapetus Cassini sails low over the surface of Iapetus on approach to its close encounter with the enigmatic moon on Sept. 10, 2007. Its flight takes it over the rugged, mountainous ridge along the moon's equator, where ancient, impact battered peaks -- some topping 10 kilometers (6 miles) in height -- are seen rising over the horizon and slipping beneath the spacecraft as it flies. Frames used in this movie were acquired with the Cassini wide-angle camera on Sept. 10, 2007,...
Topics: What -- Iapetus, What -- Cassini, What -- Moon
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08404
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The Barringer Meteorite Crater (also known as "Meteor Crater") is a gigantic hole in the middle of the arid sandstone of the Arizona desert. A rim of smashed and jumbled boulders, some of them the size of small houses, rises 50 m above the level of the surrounding plain. The crater itself is nearly a 1500 m wide, and 180 m deep. When Europeans first discovered the crater, the plain around it was covered with chunks of meteoritic iron - over 30 tons of it, scattered over an area 12 to...
Topics: What -- Crater, What -- ASTER, What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03490
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VENUS CLOUD TOPS VIEWED BY HUBBLE. This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet-light image of the planet Venus, taken on January 24 1995, when Venus was at a distance of 70.6 million miles (113.6 million kilometers) from Earth. Venus is covered with clouds made of sulfuric acid, rather than the water-vapor clouds found on Earth. These clouds permanently shroud Venus' volcanic surface, which has been radar mapped by spacecraft and from Earth-based telescope. At ultraviolet wavelengths...
Topics: What -- Venus, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Earth, What -- Mariner 10, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01544
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Mount San Antonio (more commonly known as Mount Baldy) crowns the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles in this computer-generated east-northeast perspective viewed from above the Malibu coastline. On the right, the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica are in the foreground. Further away are downtown Los Angeles (appearing grey) and then the San Gabriel Valley, which lies adjacent to the mountain front. The San Fernando Valley appears in the left foreground, separated from the ocean by the...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat 7, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03332
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Global images of Earth from Galileo. In each frame, the continent of Antarctica is visible at the bottom of the globe. South America may be seen in the first frame (top left), the great Pacific Ocean in the second (bottom left), India at the top and Australia to the right in the third (top right), and Africa in the fourth (bottom right). Taken at six-hour intervals on December 11, 1990, at a range of between 2 and 2.7 million kilometers (1.2 to 1.7 million miles). P-37630 These images were...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Galileo, What -- Sun, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Australia, Where --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00728
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During August 16 and 17, 1989, the Voyager 2 narrow-angle camera was used to photograph Neptune almost continuously, recording approximately two and one-half rotations of the planet. These images represent the most complete set of full disk Neptune images that the spacecraft will acquire. This picture from the sequence shows two of the four cloud features which have been tracked by the Voyager cameras during the past two months. The large dark oval near the western limb (the left edge) is at a...
Topics: What -- Voyager 2, What -- Neptune, What -- Voyager, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00046
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The top picture is a shaded relief image of the northwest corner of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula generated from Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data, and shows a subtle, but unmistakable, indication of the Chicxulub impact crater. Most scientists now agree that this impact was the cause of the Cretatious-Tertiary Extinction, the event 65 million years ago that marked the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs as well as the majority of life on Earth. The pattern of the crater's rim is marked...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Crater, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03381
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movie of Multicolor Hyperion Saturn's moon Hyperion appears to tumble toward Cassini in this movie that shows variations in color across the moon's surface. The movie was created from 14 frames and represents about 12 hours as the spacecraft encountered Hyperion in early 2006. Most of the observable motion is due to the spacecraft's trajectory during the flyby. The dark areas in the bottoms of craters are seen on all parts of Hyperion. To create the false-color view in each frame, ultraviolet,...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Cassini, What -- Huygens Probe, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08349
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This image of North America was generated with data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). For this broad view the resolution of the data was first reduced to 30 arcseconds (about 928 meters north-south and 736 meters east-west in central North America), matching the best previously existing global digital topographic data set called GTOPO30. The data were then resampled to a Mercator projection with approximately square pixels (about one kilometer, or 0.6 miles, on each side). Even...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Columbia, What -- Space Shuttle...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03377
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This is an image of the area around the city of Angkor, Cambodia. The city houses an ancient complex of more than 60 temples dating back to the 9th century. The principal complex, Angkor Wat, is the bright square just left of the center of the image. It is surrounded by a reservoir that appears in this image as a thick black line. The larger bright square above Angkor Wat is another temple complex called Angkor Thom. Archeologists studying this image believe the blue-purple area slightly north...
Topics: What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- Earth,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00505
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The first discrete ammonia ice cloud positively identified on Jupiter is shown in this image taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Ammonia ice (light blue) is shown in clouds to the northwest (upper left) of the Great Red Spot (large red spot in middle of figure). This unusual cloud, inside the turbulent wake region near the Great Red Spot, is produced by powerful updrafts of ammonia-laden air from deep within Jupiter's atmosphere. These updrafts are generated by the turbulence induced in...
Topics: What -- Jupiter, What -- Galileo, What -- Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (NIMS), What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02569
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Voyager 1 took this photo of Jupiter Feb. 1, 1979, at a range of 20 million miles (32.7 million kilometers). Voyager scientists can now see that different colors in clouds around the Great Red Spot imply that the clouds swirl around the spot at varying altitudes. They also observe apparently regular spacing between the small white spots in the southern hemisphere and similar positioning of dark spots in the northern hemisphere. A major activity will be to understand the form and structure of...
Topics: What -- Voyager 1, What -- Jupiter, What -- Voyager, What -- Io, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00235
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movie of Titan Lakes Movie This animation shows a mosaic of imagery from Cassini's radar instrument obtained during three flybys of Titan's north pole: T16 (July 22, 2006), T18 (Sept. 23, 2006) and T19 (Oct. 9, 2006). The most striking discovery from these flybys was the near-polar hydrocarbon lakes, which are far darker than the surrounding terrain. Ranging in size from a few kilometers up to about 100 kilometers (62 miles) in diameter, they are most likely the result of increased rainfall and...
Topics: What -- Titan, What -- Discovery, What -- Polar, What -- Cassini, What -- Huygens Probe, Where --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA09177
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Mariner 10 was launched on November 3, 1973, 12:45 am PST, from Cape Canaveral on an Atlas/Centaur rocket (a reconditioned Intercontinental Ballistic Missile - ICBM). Within 12 hours of launch the twin cameras were turned on and several hundred pictures of both the Earth and the Moon were acquired over the following days. The Earth and Moon were imaged by Mariner 10 from 2.6 million km while completing the first ever Earth-Moon encounter by a spacecraft capable of returning high resolution...
Topics: What -- Mariner 10, What -- Earth, What -- Moon, What -- Venus, What -- Mercury, Where -- Jet...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02441
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This June 16, 2000 image of Istanbul, Turkey show a full 60 by 60 km ASTER scene in the visible and infrared channels. Vegetation appears red, and urban areas blue-green. Bustling Istanbul, with its magnificent historical heritage, has spanned the divide between Europe and Asia for more than 2,500 years. Originally called Byzantium, the city was founded in the 7th century BC on the Golden Horn, an arm of the narrow Bosporus (also spelled Bosphorus) Strait, which connects the Sea of Marmara to...
Topics: What -- ASTER, What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02665
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Middle school students across the country photographed the fires and smoke over southern Sumatra from a camera aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis on September 27. A joint effort between 23 of the 52 schools participating in this mission, the KidSat camera was used to image a 140 km wide, 1950 km long strip that starts in the northwest (5.24 degrees N, 97.11 degrees E), and follows the Pegunungan Barisan range across the equator to the southern tip of Sumatra (7.44S, 106.1E) [MET 00215343 -...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Atlantis, What -- KidSat, What -- STS-86, What -- Russian...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00955
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Impressive Impact (QTVR) This stunning image features the heat shield impact site of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. This is an approximately true-color mosaic of panoramic camera images taken through the camera's 750-, 530-, and 430-nanometer filters. The mosaic was acquired on Opportunity's sol 330 (Dec. 28, 2004), shortly after Opportunity arrived to investigate the site where its heat shield hit the ground south of "Endurance Crater" on Jan. 24, 2004. On the left, the...
Topics: What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Opportunity, What -- Panoramic Camera, What -- Crater
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA07327
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This anaglyph (stereoscopic view) of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula was generated entirely from Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data, and shows a subtle but distinctive indication of the Chicxulub impact crater. Most scientists now agree that this impact was the cause of the Cretatious-Tertiary extinction, the event 65 million years ago that marked the demise of the dinosaurs as well as the majority of life then on Earth. The crater's rim is marked by a shallow semicircular depression...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Crater, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03380
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This anaglyph (stereoscopic view) of North America was generated with data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). It is best viewed at or near full resolution with anaglyph glasses. For this broad view the resolution of the data was first reduced to 30 arcseconds (about 928 meters north-south and 736 meters east-west in central North America), matching the best previously existing global digital topographic data set called GTOPO30. The data were then resampled to a Mercator...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Columbia, What -- Space Shuttle...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03378
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H-1 Computer Photomosaic of the Borealis Area of Mercury The Borealis Region, located in Mercury's northern hemisphere, was imaged by the Mariner 10 spacecraft during its initial approach to the planet. The north pole is visible at the top of the image. The Image Processing Lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory produced this photomosaic using computer software and techniques developed for use in processing planetary data. The images used to construct the Borealis photomosaic were taken during...
Topics: What -- Mercury, What -- Mariner 10, What -- Venus, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02243
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This depiction of an area south of San Martin de Los Andes, Argentina, is the first Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) view of the Andes Mountains, the tallest mountain chain in the western hemisphere. This particular site does not include the higher Andes peaks, but it does include steep-sided valleys and other distinctive landforms carved by Pleistocene glaciers. Elevations here range from about 700 to 2,440 meters(2,300 to 8,000 feet). This region is very active tectonically and...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03310
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit will not plant a flag, as did Sir Edmund Hillary when he scaled Mount Everest on Earth, when the rover reaches the hilltop outcrop shown here, which scientists have nicknamed in honor of Hillary. But Spirit will send images and other scientific data across the millions of miles that separate Earth from the distant planet where no human has yet set foot. This false-color view combines images that Spirit took with its panoramic camera during the rover's 608th...
Topics: What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Spirit, What -- Earth, What -- Panoramic Camera, What...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03014